Welcome to the first issue of the Occupy Bernal Newsletter! (let us know if you have a better name)
In This Issue:
- General Assembly Gathers For First Time on Bernal
- Join a Workgroup!
- Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Meetings
- Member Profile: Thomas German Facing Foreclosure
- Know Someone Facing Eviction or Foreclosure?
- Housing Is a Human Right
- Needs and Donations
- Social Networking Online
General Assembly Gathers For First Time on Bernal
The Occupy Bernal General Assembly (GA) met for the first time last Wednesday, December 21. About 60 people attended the meeting at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Many participants focused on the issue of keeping Bernal residents in our homes by preventing pending foreclosures and evictions of owner-occupied properties and rental-unit properties. The GA set up six workgroups and set a next meeting for 7:00-9:00pm on Wednesday, January 11, in the same location if available. For more information, check out the minutes of the meeting and media coverage from the Huffington Post, the SF Weekly, and Bernalwood.
Join a Workgroup!
A great way to get involved in Occupy Bernal is to join one of the six workgroups created by the General Assembly (GA) meeting. Click on the link below to read more about the GA or a workgroup and to subscribe to the email lists that are right for you.
- Announcements Only: a low-traffic moderated email list to receive occasional news about Occupy Bernal
- General Assembly: the main regular meeting place for everyone involved in Occupy Bernal
- Communications: organizing press, newsletter, website, email lists, social networking, etc.
- Coordination: coordinating meeting logistics, facilitator training, and other activities that must take place between GAs
- Education: research and develop educational materials and long-term strategies
- Housing and Foreclosure Workgroup: organize to keep Bernal residents in our homes
- January 20 Action Workgroup: organize local Bernal actions and participation in larger actions
- Outreach: encourage broad and diverse participation and publicity for Occupy Bernal activities and events
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Meetings
Anyone in support of the Occupy movement is welcome to attend these upcoming Occupy Bernal meetings:
- TOMORROW: 7:30pm on Thursday, December 29: January 20th Action Workgroup meeting, Coleridge Park Homes 190 Coleridge St (at Virginia Ave, across from mini-park)
- 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 4: Housing and Foreclosure Workgroup meeting, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave
- 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 11: General Assembly meeting, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave
If you don’t see a meeting listed for the workgroup you’re interested in, then join the workgroup email list and help organize a meeting!
Upcoming events are displayed near the top of the right sidebar of the website where you can click on an event to see more information or you can display the full-size calendar.
Member Profile: Thomas German Facing Foreclosure
For this issue, we offer a profile of Occupy Bernal member Thomas German who is facing foreclosure of his home. Thomas German was born in Mobile, Alabama, a bit after New Year’s Day of 1940. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Thomas, aka “Tommie” or “German”, found employment as a die setter at the San Francisco Mint. He rented a home in Bernal in 1967. Living in the neighborhood for some years, he decided to purchase the home he was renting on Andover Street in 1974 for $21,000. How did he end up in foreclosure? You can click here to read the entire profile.
Know Someone Facing Eviction or Foreclosure?
Are you facing eviction or foreclosure? Do you know someone who is facing eviction or foreclosure? Occupy Bernal is here to help owners of owner-occupied properties and renters in rental-unit properties. Please fill out the Add/Edit Property to Map and Listing form so that the Housing and Foreclosure Workgroup can research the situation and keep our Bernal neighbors in our homes. Check out the Map of Bernal Owner-Occupied and Rental-Unit Properties Facing Foreclosure or Eviction that the workgroup is already investigating.
Housing Is a Human Right
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, includes Section 1 of Article 25 which reads as follows:
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Needs and Donations
If you are able, please donate any of the following items (you can bring them to a General Assembly meeting or click on “Contact” above to let us know you’d like to arrange to deliver them to us):
- Masking tape (several rolls)
- Clear mailing and storage tape (several rolls)
- Reams of blank 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
- Butcher block paper (large pad)
We also need donations of the following services:
- Spanish interpretation for meetings
- Spanish translation for flyers, posters, website
- Chinese translation for flyers, posters, website
Cash donations are also accepted to cover photocopying, Internet, venue reservation, and other organizing costs (no salaries or other overhead).
Social Networking Online
Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/occupybernal.
The Occupy Bernal Twitter feed to follow is @occupybernal.